The Southern California native and USC alum signed a $1.1 million deal with his hometown team during the summer 2013 free-agency period after the market for his talents never quite developed. Since then, not only has he led the league in scoring off the bench, but his 1,048 total points are also second on the club to Jodie Meeks.
Even more than his play on the court, however, Young's quirky, fun-loving attitude has won over many Lakers fans, despite the lackluster play of his team.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Young had several Lakers fans ready to engage him in a brief, impromptu Q&A session on his Twitter account.
When venturing into the depths of Young's Twitter feed, it becomes instantly clear that the shooting guard's two favorite words are "swag" and "LOL." Nick Young says LOL with the kind of frequency you might expect another native English speaker to say "the." If Young actually laughs out loud as often as he writes the word "LOL," then he should probably be committed to a mental institution.
As for the ubiquitous "swag," it was the subject of roughly half of the questions directed at the man known as "Swaggy P":
Personally, I wish someone would have followed up on that last response and asked Young if he is really writing a book.
After the swag queries, the next most popular subject broached by Lakers fans should come as no surprise: Young's relationship with Kobe Bryant. It always comes down to Kobe, doesn't it?
It should be noted that Bryant and Young did, in fact, play together this season...for six games. It's a small sample size, for sure, but Young didn't exactly suffer in those six games. He averaged 17.2 points per game during that time, virtually identical to his season average (17.5).
Per Basketball-Reference, Bryant and Young played 81.4 minutes together this season, and the Lakers outscored their opponents by an average of 6.0 points per 100 possessions.
Young has not said definitively whether or not he will reunite with Bryant next season. No matter where he ends up, Young will probably get a raise, as he has outplayed the $1.1 million the Lakers are paying him this season, per NBC Sports' Kurt Helin:
He has a PER [player efficiency rating] right at the league average of 15.1 but he’s making millions less than a league average salary.
Young has shown he can light it up off the bench, which he did for a Lakers team racked by injuries. He had to take on more offense and he ended not only scoring more than he has before in his career (he was at this level in points per game one year in Washington) but more efficiently than ever before as well.
Young has earned a raise. He’s going to get one, the question now is where.
If his Twitter feed is any indication, there are quite a few Lakers fans who hope Nick Young ends up back in L.A. next season.
*All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.